Suspected rebels attack Tarlac farm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — A suspected group of communist rebels looted the Red Dragon Farm in Sapang Kuran, Moriones, San Jose, Tarlac early this week.

Captain Jovily Carmel Cabading, spokesperson of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), said a security guard identified as Leo Molina was manning his post at the farm’s main gate around 7 p.m. when about 13 fully armed men arrived and introduced themselves as members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

The guard was overpowered and five of the suspects forcibly took his cal .30 revolver, a 12-gauge shotgun and three handheld two-way radios.

While he was being robbed of his belongings, other guards including Jonathan Lactaotao and Onofre Pagaduan were prevented by the armed men.

Reports further indicated that after disarming the security guards, the perpetrators gathered all employees within the compound and allegedly talked about labor and employment issues.

Before leaving the farm, the group burned its generator worth more or less P200,000.

They fled towards north direction and carted away two cal. 38 revolver and the cellphone of a certain Engineer Bunagan.

“We are saddened by this development especially that Christmas is fast approaching. Instead of helping those in need, these rebels are making the lives of our people miserable. The AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) even declared suspension of offensive military operations so that everyone, including them will have the chance to be with their loved ones this Christmas,” Cabading said.

Cabading said it is possible that the firearms taken from the guards will be used by the group illegal activities. She added that the NPA has effectively transformed into a criminal group.

Nolcom officials urged the public to be vigilant and stand guard in preventing atrocities.

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